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Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Staples Wreckers Gaining Attention with New Canaan Win

Todays The Day of New London reviews weekend high school football action and says the Staples Wreckers are gaining increasing state-wide attention.

Excerpt: ғMarce Petroccio, head coach of Staples High School of Westport, never saw a rout over New Canaan coming.

Imagine, then, how the Rams felt when the Wreckers scored five touchdowns in the first 25 minutes of Friday’s Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference game at New Canaan. Staples turned a game between two defending state champions into a blowout as it won, 36-0.

ӓThe Wreckers, the defending Class MM champion, made quite an impression on the voters in The Day’s Top 10 state coaches poll. They earned two first-place votes this week, including a first-place vote that went to top-ranked Ansonia last week, and moved up one spot to No. 4.

The defending Class M champion Rams, who were No. 6, dropped out of the Top 10.

ӓAsked if he thought the game would be so lopsided, Petroccio said, Absolutely not. I think our kids were extremely ready to go. They were excited. We don’t get the opportunity to play at night (Staples does not have lights) and we don’t get the chance to play on Astroturf.

ѓThey turned the lights on and the kids were sky high. We scored on a pass play early and it just kind of snowballed for us.Ԓ

Meanwhile, the New Haven Register named Staples its team of the week, saying: “Staples-Westport: The most anticipated game of the season turned into a showcase for the Wreckers.

“Speedsters Jimmy Hughes and Matt Samela combined for five touchdowns, but it was the defense that stole the show in a 36-0 victory over New Canaan.”

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